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Decentralization and governance

Faguet, Jean-Paul (2014) Decentralization and governance. World Development, 53 . pp. 2-13. ISSN 0305-750X

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Abstract

The most important theoretical argument concerning decentralization is that it can make government more accountable and responsive to the governed. Improving governance is also a central justification of real-world reformers. But the literature has mostly focused on policy-relevant outcomes, such as education and health services, public investment, and fiscal deficits. This paper examines how decentralization affects governance, in particular how it might increase political competition, improve public accountability, reduce political instability, and impose incentive-compatible limits on government power, but also threaten fiscal sustainability. Such improvements in governance can help spur the broad historical transitions that define development.

Item Type: Article
Official URL: http://www.journals.elsevier.com/world-development...
Additional Information: © 2013 Elsevier B.V.
Library of Congress subject classification: J Political Science > JA Political science (General)
J Political Science > JF Political institutions (General)
Sets: Departments > International Development
Research centres and groups > Suntory and Toyota International Centres for Economics and Related Disciplines (STICERD)
Rights: http://www.lse.ac.uk/library/usingTheLibrary/academicSupport/OA/depositYourResearch.aspx
Date Deposited: 27 Mar 2013 14:55
URL: http://eprints.lse.ac.uk/49514/

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